A Short Illustration on Praying Scripture using a Journal
- Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors (Hosea 10:12-13).
- My people are bent on turning away from me, and though they call out to the Most High, he shall not raise them up at all (Hosea 11:7).
- the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD is his memorial name: “So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God” (Hosea 12:5-6).
May we not be a people bent on turning away from you! May we cease plowing iniquity, reaping injustice, and eating the fruit of lies by trusting in our own ways, in the multitude of our strength! Rather, Lord, may we return to you by your help, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for you! May we sow for ourselves righteousness, reap steadfast love, and break up our fallow ground. For it is time to seek you, LORD, that you may come and rain righteousness on us!
- Short – one paragraph.
- Suggestive – reflecting on a few verses I read during the morning.
- Simple – without trying to impress God with theological prowess and linguistic flourish.
- Specific – able to ask for others what I want for myself.